Ten States Test Strategy for Evaluating Self-Management of Services by Elderly

Project to promote state policy reform to enhance consumer direction

Staff at the National Association of State Units on Aging designed and tested an assessment tool and process that allow individual states the opportunity to evaluate the extent to which they offer consumers opportunities to make choices and direct their own health care and support services.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program Independent Choices: Enhancing Consumer Direction for People with Disabilities, which was designed to foster the development of consumer-directed home and community-based services for people of all ages with disabilities.

The project was part of RWJF's national program, Independent Choices: Enhancing Consumer Direction for People with Disabilities, which was designed to foster the development of consumer-directed home and community-based services for people of all ages with disabilities.

Key Results:

  • The National Association of State Units on Aging developed and disseminated Consumer Direction in Home and Community-Based Services: An Assessment Guide for States. The association disseminated the guide to 56 state and territorial units on aging, as well as other interested parties. The guide enables states to apply consumer direction principles and practices to their home and community-based services systems.
  • The eight states that completed their assessments expanded consumer direction.